FYI: An Interesting "See You at the Pole" Case
stevenjamar at gmail.com
Mon Oct 31 13:06:09 PST 2005
In my 30+ years of supporting the ACLU in general and local chapters
of it, I would have to say that to claim they have been fully
consistent on any particular narrow issue either in any given year or
especially over time would be quite an overstatement of it. But, in
general, the ACLU really does work and has consistently, or even one
could say constantly, worked to advance the cause of civil liberties,
especially those of speech and religion.
Have they taken positions I think are wrong -- oh yeah. And do they
have righteous disagreements about what positions to take? -- oh
yeah. Are they monolithic? Not at all.
One of the real curiousities to me is that so many people who claim
to be for liberty and against government control are against the ACLU.
I recall in the days of Skokie that so many Jewish people I knew put
the ACLU at the top of their s**t lists -- not seeing the importance
of groups like the ACLU in protecting freedoms for some as protecting
them for us all.
I think a lot of the dislike (and stronger) directed at the ACLU is
misdirected or comes not from a sense of liberties being protected
but much more from a sense of whose ox is being gored at the
Free speech is not, in the main, popular.
Prof. Steven D. Jamar vox:
Howard University School of Law fax:
2900 Van Ness Street NW
mailto:stevenjamar at gmail.com
Washington, DC 20008 http://www.law.howard.edu/faculty/
"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked
solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
- Martin Luther King Jr., "Strength to Love", 1963
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